The Bog of Lost Scholars

August 17, 2006

Crossing the Bridge

Filed under: Film and Media — castiron @ 11:19 pm

Some days one lucks out. I heard about the movie Crossing the Bridge on the last day that it was playing in town, so I took my boyfriend to see it.

It’s a documentary, narrated by a German rock musician, about music in Istanbul. The music is amazing — everything from tradition-based singers to grunge rock bands to itinerant street musicians to rappers. (Yes. Turkish rap. It works. Well, I don’t know the language well enough to tell whether it works when you can understand the words, but the sounds and rhythms definitely work.)

Interspersed with the music, there’s views of Istanbul, the scenic and the seedy. There’s political commentary. There’s an elderly father commenting on his son’s interest in hip-hop. There’s random dogs. There’s a Rom wedding. There’s a haunting story of the origin of the Turkish flag.

I’m very glad we saw it. Of course, now I want the soundtrack….

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